STUDENTS JOIN NATIONAL ANTHEM EDUCATION EFFORT
Did you know that two out of three American adults don't know the words to our national anthem, according to a Harris Poll?
Members of the Western Carolina University Collegiate Music Educators chapter gathered on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Thursday, Sept. 14, to celebrate the 194th anniversary of our national anthem.
Michael Schallock, assistant professor of music education and the adviser for WCU’s CMENC organization, said the event was part of a national effort to help people learn more about patriotic music.
“Being a band director and involved in music, I had a sense that though we recognize the national anthem, many of us may not all know the words,” said Schallock, guessing some get confused as early as the opening line. “I’m not sure why. Maybe we are focusing on other things during the singing, or Americans who have never seen the words printed might have tried to learn from listening at a football game.”
For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner#Lyrics.
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